The process is pretty easy if you’ve got a basement window that needs to be removed. However, you must follow these steps so that you don’t damage your foundation or brickwork. The article is presented by houseilove.com.
Can basement windows be removed?
Removing a basement window is not easy, but it is possible. If you do not want to remove the window, you can always cover it up with a curtain or blinds. This will prevent the cold air from entering and make your basement look more attractive.
Always check with your city or town’s building permit
It’s important to check with your building permit office before starting to remove a basement window. Your town or city may have ordinances regarding the removal of these windows, and you may need a permit before taking action. If this is the case, make sure you get an inspection from a certified contractor so that they can verify that the window is in good condition and has not been damaged. The cost of removing one of these windows varies depending on its size and condition, but it is usually between $1,000 and $2,000. The system of replacing steel frame basement windows is similar to removing the old ones.
Before removing the window
Before removing the window, you must prepare the area and frame out the hole that the window will leave behind.
Remove any debris in the area of the window. You’ll want to make sure that nothing is obstructing your work space.
Use a level to ensure that window is level with its surroundings. This will make it easier to fill in any gaps later on.
Use a chalk line to mark where your frame will be along each side of this wooden frame and at each corner (if you’re using wood).
Use saws or other tools for cutting away bricks, concrete blocks or other materials if they’re getting in your way while installing new basement windows.
After prepping the area and framing out any holes
Before you can open the window, you should remove the sash from the frame. To do this, unscrew and remove any hinges holding it in place. You might have to cut through nails or chisel away mortar between bricks if your basement windows were installed with mortar.
Cut away any tape
You need to cut away any tape around the window opening. You can use a sharp chisel to do this, but you should be careful not to chip away at the mortar between the bricks. If not much mortar is sticking out of your brick, a hammer may be more effective than chiseling. Pound on top of the brick until it breaks apart and falls into your basement window well. Use a putty knife or similar scraping tool to clean up any debris that falls into your basement window well during this process.
The final step
The final step in removing a basement window is chiseling away any mortar that may have been used between the bricks when installing the window. This will be done using a hammer and chisel, which will require care to ensure that you do not damage any surrounding bricks.
You should begin by holding your chisel at a 45-degree angle and placing it into the upper half of the window opening. Then, with one hand on each handle of your hammer, strike down until you reach solid brick directly beneath where you’re working.
This guide has helped you understand how to remove basement windows. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us and we can help!